Simon Jordan is adamant that a £300m Saudi-backed takeover will eventually go through, stating he’ll be “very, very, very surprised” if a deal is blocked.
The former Crystal Palace Chairman was talking on one of his regular slots on talkSPORT to give his thoughts on the ongoing saga, and his comments will be music to the ears of Newcastle fans – even if it’s widely accepted no one knows what outcome the Premier League will decide upon!
Here is a snippet of what he had to say on the issue:
“The blockage is one of, initially, moral outrage and the second one is the challenge around piracy and how the Saudi Arabian regime – according to the World Trade Organisation – appears to be funding a piracy model that is hijacking content and publishing it in a fashion that is out of keeping with the Premier League itself.”
“The Premier League sells its output to a company called BeIN.
“BeIN’s output is essentially being nicked by a company called beoutQ.
“I just feel the Premier League will use it as leverage to try and get some reining in of that but I just feel I would be very, very, very surprised if they block this and are able to block it.
“There are other people that own football clubs that one could question the veracity or the efficacy of their ownership and I think this is going to be a very difficult situation.
“If the Premier League blocks this move, it is effectively saying that owners only to their approval – irrespective of the conditionality and you’ll move the bar and move the bar – and then you will have the argument, raging in Newcastle more than anywhere else, that this only retains the status quo for those that it suits.
“I would be very surprised if it is blocked.”
While Jordan doesn’t hold any inside knowledge on the takeover, he is educated on running a football club and will have a knowledge of how the ‘fit and proper persons’ tests work.
This process is clearly an incredibly complex one, but his comments are at least promising given we’re all waiting patiently for approval – especially when he’s a man who hasn’t always been full of praise for our club in the past!
He tries to tell things how he sees it and is an honest talker, so the fact that Jordan seems pretty adamant the deal will be completed gives us hope that there is light at the end of this draining, tiresome tunnel.